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Lennon parts company with Celtic

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has left the Scottish champions after talks with the club's board this morning.

Lennon took charge of the first-team in a caretaker capacity after Tony Mowbray was sacked in March 2009.

The former Northern Ireland international was given the job on a full-time basis at the end of that season, leading Celtic to three successive titles and two Scottish Cup triumphs during his time in charge.

His team also reached the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League in 2013, beating Barcelona at Celtic Park on the way to qualifying from the group.

Lennon's agent Martin Reilly confirmed the former Celtic skipper had decided to leave the club after talks with chief executive Peter Lawwell and the board.

A statement from Reilly read: "Neil has parted company with Celtic

"He thanks the club, the supporters, Peter Lawwell and the board for their backing and wishes them all the best in the future.

"It's now time to look to the next chapter.

"As it stands, Neil is not in talks with any other club."

Meanwhile, Lennon is quoted in local media as saying: "I have parted company with Celtic. I can't thank Peter Lawwell and the board enough for their backing and support.

"The club are in a very strong position and I wish the fans and the club all the very best for the future."

Former striker Henrik Larsson is odds-on to replace Lennon with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert and Malky Mackay next best in the bookmakers' lists.